Saturday, January 17, 2009

Quick Reference

Want to quickly see what's on sale & where?
Check out my new feature on the right side bar...current weekly ads.
Here will be links to the posts for each of the 4 stores in my area that are regularly shopped.
Any recommendations...please let me know!!

CVS bargains today

I went to CVS today...I like to go on Saturdays because, at my store anyway, I can shop 2 weeks of ads.

#1 Transaction:
2 Maybelline mineral makeup $9.99 each
5 local papers w/ coupon inserts

Used $4.50 ECBs, $2/$10 CVS makeup cpn, $4/$20 purchase.
oop = $12.65, but I got $10 in ECBs from the makeup & COUPONS (3 inserts per paper!)
Total savings $10.50.

#2 Transaction:
4 Pepsi 12 pks. $12
2 Pepsi 2 liters
2 Lays chips

Used $10 ECBs from above & $3/15 purchase.
oop = $7.61, and got $10 ECBs from the Pepsi/Frito Lay.
Total savings $23.92

Also, this purchase will qualify for the Pepsi/Frito Lay promotion.
See my post here for more information on this mail-in rebate.

Train Up A Child...

That verse from Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.", came to my mind yesterday.
You see I wanted to get back to Meijers this week to stock up on the Fiber One deal they were running. As my husband and 17 year old daughter were out yesterday, I knew they would be going right by Meijers. So with a list, coupons, and cash, I sent my daughter on her first real couponing adventure without me.
Well, needless to say, she did marvelously!!
She got:
4 boxes Fiber One Cereal
2 boxes Fiber One Bars
2 Boxes Fiber One pastries
oop = $8...a great deal considering 1 box of the cereal is regularly priced at $4!!
She even had to use two peelies to get the pastries FREE!

I thought about how I've shown her to be frugal, shop the sales, use coupons effectively, and get the best deals. I also pondered, though, how my husband and I have trained her for the last 17 years.
Most importantly, I believe that we have trained her to love God, to live for Him, and to serve Him every day of her life. Secondly, I believe that we have taught her to love others, to treat people kindly, and to love them with the love of Jesus. These are, in fact, the two greatest commandments Jesus gave us.
I believe that it is important that we, not only, tell our children; but, more importantly, that they see these characteristics in our lives. Because we home school all four of our children, they are essentially with us all the time. They know us... our lives are open books for them to "read" every day.
I pray that our training of putting God first, spending daily time in His Word and prayer, and allowing Him to direct and use us has spoken volumes to them. The time had gone so quickly...they grow up so fast. Our "training" of them is short; but, in reality, I believe it will stay with them the rest of their lives.

(By the way, the reason they went out yesterday was to register my daughter for an online course at a Bible college in Cincinnati...a real answer to prayer.)

Friday, January 16, 2009

U Promise Promotion

Everyone knows college costs are on the rise. And while you're doing your best to save, you're probably going to need some help.

As part of our mission to make college more accessible, we've increased the amount of our Upromise scholarship fund to $500,000, twice what it was when we introduced it a year ago. That means 200 of the best and brightest students will receive scholarships of $2,500 each for the 2009-2010 academic year.

You must be a Upromise member to win. Awards will be based on need and merit. Applications must be received by February 28, 2009.


Upromise.com

Meijer Super Sale 1/17 - 1/19/09

Meijers is having a Super Sale, running tomorrow through Monday:

Aunt Millies Homestyle/Buttermilk Bread B1G2
6 packs 7-up, Diet Rite, A&W, Sunkist bottles B2G3
Tilapia filets $2.99
Meijer shrimp $4.49
Boneless Pork Tenderloin $2.49/lb
navel Oranges 8 lb. $3.49
Keebler Club Cracker $1.99
Stouffer's Large Entrees $1.99
Peninsula Sugar 4 lb. $1.39
Crest/Colgate/Aquafresh toothpaste 4/$5
Revlon & Almay cosmetice 50% off

To see the entire ad, go to the meijers web page.

Coupon Inserts 1/18/09

There will be 3 coupons inserts this Sunday: 1 Smart Source, 1 Red Plum , and 1 P& G.

There looks to be some great coupons, including a lot of Unilever products in the Red Plum: Vaseline lotion, Degree deodorant, Skippy peanut butter (needed to replenish the ones I've used this week), Kelloggs cereal, and more. The Smart Source is full of Colgate, Kraft, French's, Orville Redenbacher,Pam, Cheerios,and many other good ones.
(Thanks to Taylor Town Preview.)

Might be a good week to get multiple papers...I've been using a lot and enjoying a lot of great savings!!

Walgreens Deals 1/18 - 1/24/09

Not a huge week upcoming at Walgreens. But, here's a sneak peak at next week's ad:

Claritin $19.99 - $5 RR = $14.99
Maybelline cosmetics B1G1 - $3 or $1 cpns
Tylenol Allergy, Cold or Sinus 2/$10 - $3 RR - two $1 cpn = $5 for both
Kleenex $.99 w/in ad cpn.
Dove bagged 2/$7 - $2 RR = 2/$5
Hershey/Reese bagged candy 2/$7 - $1 RR - two $1 (Reese)= 2/$4
Werthers & Lifesavers B1G1 $2.29
Walgreens candy 3/$2 w/in ad cpn
Chef Boyardee 3/$3
Kraft Mac & Cheese 3/$2 w/in ad cpn
Lindsay olives $.99 w/in ad cpn
Bumble Bee tuna $.79 w/in ad cpn
Van Camps Pork N Beans 2/$1 w/in ad cpn
Boxed Valentines $.99 w/in ad cpn
Hallmark tissue paper 3/$1
$.15 4x6 in. prints
Skippy $1.99 - .40
Ragu $1.99 -.50/2
Chapstick $1.29 w/in ad cpn
Ricola cough drops $1.29 w/in ad cpn - $1/2 cpn = 2/1.58
Blue Diamond almonds B1G1 $3.69 w/in ad cpn - .75/2 cpn = 2/$2.94
Joy $.99 w/in ad cpn
Dawn $.99 w/in ad cpn - .50 cpn = $.49
Angel Soft $1.29 w/in ad cpn
Campbells Chunky 2/$3 w/in ad cpn - .50/2 = 2/$2.50
Extra gum 3/1.99 - $1 WAGS cpn = 3/.99
M&Ms valentine chocolates 2/5 - $1 WAGS cpn = 2/$4

Buy $20 in P& G products, get $5 RR
Crest 2/$5

Buy $20 in Pepsi/Frito Lay products, get $10 RR


Buy $20 in products, get $10 RR:

Aleve $7 - $1 cpn = $6
Bayer $2.50 - $1 cpn = $1.50
Alka Seltzer $5 - $1 cpn = $4
One A Day Multivitamins $12 - $1 = $11

***These above 4 products also qualify for the rebate in the 1/4/09 inserts

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kroger deals today

Had a good trip to Krogers; I even bought some extras:

2 Green Giant boxed veggies 10/$10 - $1 cpn = FREE
2 Cottonelle 4 pk $.99 - .50 cpn = FREE
3 Special K cereals $2.67 - $1 cpn = $1.67 each
1 Gallon Krogers milk FREE w/ Kelloggs purchase
1 Heartland Pasta $1.50 - .50 cpn = $.50
2 Redi Serve chicken patties 4 pk $1.00 each
1 Tyson Family Chicken tenders $6.99 - $1 cpn = $5.99
1 Lb. Kroger Ground Round $2.79
1 dozen large eggs $1.25
1 Always Infinity - $3 cpn- $2 eSaver cpn = $.49
2 Kroger black beans $.57 each

total oop = $19.12
coupon savings = $17.45
total savings - $29.74

I decided to buy the Tyson chicken rather that pick up something for dinner...definitely more frugal!!!

CVS Deals 1/18 - 1/24/09

Maybelline Mascara, Liner or Eye shadow B1G1 - $3 or $1 cpn = varies
(excludes Stiletto Mascara)
L'Oreal Hip cosmetics B1G1
Dawn Dish Liquid B1G1 $1.89 - two $.50 cpn = 2/$.89
Crest Toothpaste $1.99 - .75 cpn = $1.24
Mitchum Deodorant B1G1 50% - two .75 cpns
Life Fitness vitamins B1G1 - two $1 cpns
Ice Breaker Ice Cubes $1
Ragu 3/$5 - .50/2 = 2/$2.84
Skippy 3/$5 -.40 = $1.27 each

ECB offers:
**Sunday & Monday Only: Claritin 24 pk. $19.99 - $10 ECBs
All week deals:
Buy 2 Maybelline Mineral Products and get $10 ECBs
use $3 or $1 cpns in addition = price varies
Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo/Conditioner $2.99 -$1 ECBs - $1 cpn = $.99
Schick Quattro or Titanium $8.99 -$3 ECBs - $2 cpn = $3.29
Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste $3.49 - $1 ECBs -.75 cpn = $1.74
CVS 24-hour Allergy Relief $3.79 - $3.79 ECB = FREE
Neutrogena spend $15, get $5 ECBs
Axe body wash 2/$10 - $3 ECBs - two $1 cpns = 2/$5
Crest whitestrips 56 ct. $19.99 - $5 ECBs - $5 cpn = $9.99
Zantac $9.97 - $2 ECBS
Boost $6.99 - $1 ECBS
Natural Instincts $5.99 - $2 ECBs - $2 cpn = $1.99
Prilosec OTC $24.77 - $5 ECBS
Cottonelle 20 double rolls $12.97 - $4 ECBs -.50 cpn = $8.47
Cottonelle wipes double pk $5.98 - $3 ECBs -.50 cpn = $2.48
Covergirl cosmetics: Buy $10, get $3 ECBs - two $1 cpns

Spend $20 on Pepsi products: $10 ECB
Also don't forget the Pepsi/Frito-Lay Rebate for additional coupons. Click here to download the rebate form.

New Coupons!!



Eating healthy this new year??
General Mills is offering $10 worth of coupons as part of their "Eat Better America". To get your coupons, click on the image above or in my right side bar.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Macy's coupon

Also in the Cincinnati Enquirer today is a coupon for an extra 15% off clearance, sale, and regular purchases made with your Macy's card. If you don't have a Macy's card, the discount is an extra 10% off.
Some limitations apply.

You also receive a free reusable tote with any in-store purchase.

Sam's Club Membership Deal

Today, in the Cincinnati Enquirer, there is a coupon for a $25 gift card when you join Sam's Club as a new member. The cost to join is $40, so basically after the gift card, the cost will be only $15. Not a bad deal.
I haven't shopped Sam's in awhile, simply because of the $40 to join. I felt like I could buy a lot of groceries elsewhere with that money. But I think I may join, now with this promotion.

Meijer 4 Day Sale 1/14 - 1/17/09

Meijers is running a special 4 day sale starting today and going thru Saturday.

Salmon $5.99/lb
Meijer whole chicken $.89/lb
Pilgrim's Pride Wings (80 oz) $6.99
Pork Shoulder Bone-In ribs/Pork Steaks $1.49/lb.
Danish Coffee Cake $2.69
Michigan Round White Potatoes 5 lb 2/$3
Romaine Hearts 3 pk 2/$3
Red, Yellow, or Orange Peppers $1.99/lb
Blue Grass Deli SMoked Ham $3.99/lb
Dietz & Watson Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Skyline chili 2/$4
Cincinnati Chili mix $.79
Meijer butter 2/$4
Banquet pot pies 10/$6
Grippos Potato Chips (8 oz) $1.79
Sunbeam Family Size White Bread $.96

Remember to take advantage of the other great deals at Meijers this week.
See my posts here and here for a bunch of FREEBIES this week!!

Free Suave Today

Don't forget to go to the suave home page to request your FREE shampoo, conditioner, body wash, styler, or lotion. It's valid TODAY only!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Promotion from Restaurant. com

$25 Restaurant.com Gift Certificates for $4.00

Save 60% off $25 Gift Certificates. Use code EXCLUSIVE and pay $4. Valid Now thru 1/19/09.

To take advantage of this deal, click on the Restaurant.com icon in my right side bar.

Pepsi/ Frito Lay Rebate

Thanks to Andrea at mommy snacks:

At Walgreens, buy $20 in Pepsi/Frito-Lay products, receive a $10 RR - Buy $15, receive a $5 RR. Products include:

$1.33 Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist 2-Liter
$3 Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist 12 pk
$1 Gatorade, G2 or Tiger 32 oz
$3.50 Doritos 11 3/4 - 13 oz
$3.50 Tostitos Tortilla Chips 9 - 13.5 oz
$3.50 Tostitos Queso Dip

Also go here to print off a rebate form for $15 in Pepsi/ Frito Lay coupons w/ purchase.

Sounds like a winner of a deal...especially for my family who eats lots of snacks and drinks pop!

Thanks again, Andrea!

Kmart Super Doubles

Just saw that the Kmart in Hillsboro, OH is again running the Super Doubles coupon event now thru Saturday. According to the ad, they will double coupons up to and including $2. There will definitely be some great deals...if there is anything left.

To see if the store nearest you is participating, go to the kmart web page. Type in your zip code, and there will be an announcement on the front of the weekly ad as to whether they are honoring it.

Great Meijers Deals Today

Enjoyed a good trip to Meijers, which for me consists of good coupon deals, not too crowded, and the store having the sale items that I plan on buying. All three were present today. I wanted to give you a picture, but there was too much to take in!!

6 bags of Chex Mix $1.00 - .50 cpn = FREE
6 bags Steamers veggies $1.00 - .50 cpn = FREE
1 bag onions $1.00
2 boxes Pizza Rolls $2 - .40/2 = $1.20
6 jars Skippy peanut butter $1.33 - .40 cpn = $.53 each
2 Aunt Millies Wheat Hearth Bread 2/$5 - two .50 cpns = $1.50 each
4 boxes Act II microwave popcorn $1.67 - .40 cpn = $.87 each
1 Cheerios $2 - $1 cpn = $1
2 Fiber One cereals $4 - $1/2 = 2/$3
1 Fiber One bars $2 - .50 cpn = $1
1 Fiber One pastry - FREE cpn (peelie on the cereal) = FREE
1 Lays chips 1/2 off $1.99
2 Snyder tortilla chips $2 - .50 cpn = $1 each
1 Bisquick $1.99 - .50 cpn = $.99
1 Garlic $.34
1 3lb. Ground chuck $7.49

total savings = $66.79 = 70% of my bill (I'm happy w/> 50%!)
total coupon savings $30.47
oop (out of pocket)= $28.68

I was very happy w/ my oop since I spent $7.49 of that on beef for 3 meals.
They still did not have the Electrosol in stock, so I will check next week.
My Meijers doubles 6 manufacturer's coupons up to $1...some Meijers only doubles 2.
Make sure you know your store policy to maximize your savings!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

CVS Savings

I have heard that the CVS ad will be slim these next few weeks. Will have to wait and see. But, I decided to use up some of my ECBs on something I needed...Diet Coke!!

3 12 packs Coke products $11
2 Nestle candy bars $1

Used $12 ECBs
$0 oop
savings $17.95
$6.50 ECBS remaining

I like leaving a store and giving them no money!!

Aldi's deals 1/11 - 1/17/09

Aldi's is having a big fruit & veggies sale:

Golden pineapple $.99
Tropicana oranges 4 lb/$1.99
Gala/ Red Delicious apples 3 lb/$1.99
Head Lettuce $.59
Grape tomatoes $.99/pk
Tropicana Red Grapefruit 5lb/$1.99
Baby carrots 1 lb/$.99

Time to stock up, make some juice, and get our fill of vitamins!!

Staples Dollar Days 1/11 - 1/17/09

Staples is again running the dollar days; this week's specials include:

7" bent scissors
Bic Wite-out
Staples photo 8 1/2 x 11 $12.98 - $11.98 rebate
Bic Atlantis ballpoint pens 4/pack
Bic Brite Liner highlighters 5/pack

Other deals:
Select Pentel products B2G1
Staples bright white mulituse paper 5-ream case B1G1 after $24.99 rebate
Signa writing pads B1G1
Staples #10 pull & seal envelopes 100/pack B1G1

Go to Staples.com to view their entire ad.

Menu Planning 1/12 - 1/18/09

Menu planning is a very important way to save money...you plan your menu around what is on sale, and then buy what you need.

Monday: Ziti w/ homemade marinara sauce
Tuesday: chicken wreath
Wednesday: meatloaf
Thursday: nothing planned**
Friday: black bean wraps
Saturday: chicken enchiladas
Sunday: taco soup

Thursday is a free night..it will be my daughter & me only. The boys have a church function.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Meijer's Deals 1/11 - 1/17/09

General Mills Cereals $2 **
Kellogg's Cereal $1.99 - $1 cpn = $.99 **
BC Fruit Snacks $1.50 **
Yoplait Yogurt Kids $2 -.35 cpn = $1.30
Fiber One yogurt $2
$1/2 multi-packs at Meijer Mealbox
Fiber One Toaster Pastries $1.67
$1/4 at Meijer Mealbox
Fiber One bars $2 - .50 cpn = $1 **
Pillsbury Crescent/Cinnamon Rolls $1.50 **
Bisquick Baking Mix $1.99 - .60 cpn = $.99
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix $1.50 - .40 cpn = $.70
Betty Crocker Frosting $1.33 - .50 cpn = $.33
Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix $1.67 - .50 = $.67
Bety Crocker Muffin Mix $1.67 - .40 cpn = $.87
Softsoap $1 - .35 cpn = $.30
Skippy Peanut Butter $1.33 - .40 cpn = $.53




10/$10 & get 11th free

Blueberries or Blackberries 6 oz
Bar S Hot Dogs
Hamburger Helper **
Chex Mix - .50 cpn = FREE
Chef Boyardee Pasta - .35/3 cpn
Green Giant Box or Poly Bag Vegetables - .60 cpn
Aunt Millie’s English Muffins - .35 cpn = $.30
Hormel Pepperoni $1 - .55 cpn = FREE


**(check for printable coupons on these at the coupon.com icon in my right sidebar)

Kroger deals 1/12 - 1/18/09

10/$10 deals:
Kroger or Green Giant veggies 7 - 16 oz
Betty Crocker Helper meals
Kroger bread
Gatorade/Fuze Drinks
Nabisco Snak-saks
Kroger dips/sour cream
Private Selection or Homemade Ice Cream pints
Softsoap - .35 cpn = $.30
Extra Gum 15 ct
Hunts Snack Packs
Kroger toaster treats/ fruit snacks
Big K soda 6 pk.
Frito Lay/Quakes rice cakes 2-5 oz
Kroger cream cheese
Pasta/Rice a Roni - $1/4 = 4/$3
Banquet Brown N Serve Sausage
Aunt Jemimia Breakfasts
Redi-Serve Chicken
Nesquik Milk/shakes
Kraft Easy Mac
Tennessee Pride Gravy
Hot Wheels cars
Scotch Brite Nail Saver sponge
Del Monte Fruit Cups
Kroger toothbrush/floss
Kroger mouth rinse
Smartwater/Vitamin water - $1/5 cpn = 5/$4
Pure Protein Bars B2G1 = 3/$2
Kroger Microwave or French Bread Pizza

Buy 3 items, Get a Gallon of milk FREE (limit 2)
Kelloggs Cereals $2.67 - $1 cpn = $1.67 each
Nutrigrain bars $2.67
Special K bars/bites $2.67 - $1/2 = $4.34
**If you buy the cereal, you get 3 boxes of cereal & a gallon of milk for only $5!!

Campbells chunky/Select harvest soups 4/$5 - .50/2 = 2/$1.50
Dannon Activia/Dan Active 2/$4 - $1 cpn = $1
Doritos $1.97
Toaster Struedel $2.29 - .55/2 cpn = $3.58
Mountain Dew 3/$11 + FREE 12 pk MD Voltage
Crest 2/$5
Aussie hair care $3 - $2/2 = 2/$4
L'Oreal Vive $2.99 - $1 = $1.99

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